Monday, August 10, 2009

Whatever Floats Your Boat, er, um, Raft

I thought you'd enjoy seeing these pictures from yesterday's adventure. Dad wanted to go floating down the Provo River for his birthday, so yesterday we had all the aunts and uncles and cousins come down, and we borrowed some tubes and rafts and decided to go for it. It was absolutely gorgeous, and a perfect day! Aunt Angie was so cold her teeth we chattering by the time we got out. (She probably doesn't have enough insulation!) I wasn't very good at steering...Dad had to climb onto the back of our raft and row for us! Jordan and Eliza flipped over three times. The one at the end was pretty scary. Jordan was holding on (for dear life) to a cord in the middle of the river, and Eliza went floating away, but Dad waded back in and caught her. Luckily everyone made it back safe and we all had a really fun time. We wished you could have been here.

We went back to the house afterward and grilled burgers. Grandmother made homemade ice cream for dessert. And of course both aunts made Texas Sheetcake. (But you don't like that, do you?) Anyway, it was an awesome party and everybody wants to make that our new tradition. It was fun for me to realize (watching the aunts and cousins so excited to see a couple of deer in the yard, watching the kids ride the zip line, seeing them run downstairs to watch a movie) that our house is a great place to host a gathering, and an especially fun place for the cousins to come. They don't make it down this way very often, but I think it's pretty magical when they do.